Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gameday #2 In Baton Rouge

Normally I post the full set of game notes on the main site, but in these two-games-in-two-days scenarios, it is more common to just do some quick updates on key things. So, here are a few of those things of note heading into today's matchup with Indiana State ...

• A.J. Slaughter’s 30 points in Monday's game marked the first performance of 30-or-more points against UWM since November of 2006, when Giordan Watson of Central Michigan scored 30 in a win over the Panthers.

• Milwaukee placed five players in double figures in the contest with Western Kentucky, paced by 13 points from James Eayrs. UWM last had five players reach double figures in a loss to North Dakota State in February.

• UWM made 9-of-26 from three-point range in the loss. The Panthers are now 12-of-50 from distance over the first two games of the season.

• The Panthers have been a very good rebounding team in recent seasons and that trend is continuing early in the 2009-10 campaign. UWM had 13 offensive boards in Monday’s loss, with James Eayrs collecting four and Deonte Roberts grabbing three. Milwaukee has 31 offensive rebounds in its first two games.

• Sophomore Tony Meier scored 10 points Monday night and has now reached double figures in the first two games of the season for the second-straight year. He has 10 double-figure scoring efforts in his career.

• Milwaukee and Indiana State have met seven previous times, with the Sycamores winning five of the seven matchups. The last meeting also came in Louisiana, with UWM claiming a 71-59 victory in the University Hoops Classic in New Orleans in 2002.

• UWM could be getting its only crack of the season at a Missouri Valley Conference foe, with a second matchup still possible in this season’s BracketBusters event. The Panthers snapped a nine-game losing streak to teams from the Valley with an 86-74 win over Bradley last December.

• Regardless of Tuesday’s outcome, the Panthers will play in an NIT consolation bracket at a site to be determined next Monday and Tuesday.

Again today, I'll work on a live blog from the scorers' table, there will be live stats via LSU's website and you can listen to Bill Johnson's call on WISN (AM 1130) or online at newstalk1130.com.